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By Dance Teachers for Dance Teachers

As all that we are about, the DanceLife Blog is another opportunity to support and inspire dance teachers and studio owners.  You'll discover business ideas, self-care advice, awesome classroom tips, along with some witty stories . . . by dance teachers for dance teachers!

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Herring, Amanda

Amanda Herring LOVES her job!  She is passionate about sharing the love of dance while inspiring and encouraging everyone who walks through her door.  She loves BIG and has a heart for new dancers joining a class for the first time.  She takes pride in offering stellar service to dance...
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Simpson, Pam

Pam Simpson is the founder, president, and driving force behind Forte Arts Center, which was established in Morris, Illinois in 1993. In addition to building her business from a small, one room studio to a large, multi-location organization that offers dance, tumbling and cheer programs as well as private music...
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Trench, Andrea

Andrea Trench is dedicated to helping dance teachers create and deliver content that is research-based and developmentally appropriate for children under the age of 6. Her primary focus is classroom management, conceptual teaching, and foundational movement skill development in early childhood dance education. In addition, Andrea uses her 12 years...

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It’s Okay to Color Outside the Lines

LaShonda Chaney has studied all genres of dance and holds a B.A. in Business Marketing from Rutgers, The State University.  Winning several awards through “Dance Educators of America”, “Dance America”, “Dance Olympus”, and recognized for outstanding work and leadership with children, she continues her love with assisting schools with creating dance curriculums for their programs.…

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Winter Activities: Snow Much Fun!

Now that the dance season is well underway, our little ones are quickly gaining independence and confidence with each passing class. As winter approaches you may be itching to change things up and add new activities to keep your lesson plans fresh and relevant. After all, theming our learning objectives to what children are experiencing…

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Celebrate Yourself!

As a member of the Gold Alliance, I have the privilege of attending periodic business strategy sessions with the group.  In one of the last, facilitated by studio owner, business leader, and mentor, Stacey Morgan, members were tasked with discussing how we celebrate ourselves on a regular basis. Celebrate myself?  Me?  Wait. This proved to…

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It’s Time for Teambuilding

Our students are overwhelmed, stressed, and filled with anxiety these days. It is our job to notice and adjust our sails in the classroom! One of the best ways to do this is with team-building exercises. You might think that it is a waste of time to do this, but it is not! It is…

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Know Your Worth

LaShonda Chaney has studied all genres of dance and holds a B.A. in Business Marketing from Rutgers, The State University.  Winning several awards through “Dance Educators of America”, “Dance America”, “Dance Olympus”, and recognized for outstanding work and leadership with children, she continues her love with assisting schools with creating dance curriculums for their programs.…

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What is Classroom Management?

Do you remember the first time you heard the term “classroom management”?  I don’t remember exactly, but looking back on my early teaching years, I do know that I was not “managing” anything. I honestly didn’t know it was something I needed. I assumed kids loved to dance. I thought they would be happy to…

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Flip the Script on Observation Week

You know it’s coming….Observation Week.  For caregivers, this is the opportunity to observe their child’s classes, witness the progress they’re making, and catch up on the latest studio news.  For teachers, this is the week of our career that takes a close second to the pre-recital nightmares of performance week. If history teaches us anything,…

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Help is On the Way

I want to help my teens. Our teens are in crisis.  The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children’s Hospital Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology, which embody more than 77,000 doctors and over 200 children’s hospitals, recently asserted that the rapid and extraordinary deterioration in juvenile mental health should be recognized…

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Reaching Enough-Ness?

My first year of business, I was answering phones, teaching classes, all while bouncing my new baby on my hip. Work was day and night with no pay; at one point my husband called it my volunteer job, honestly that comment made my head explode. Yes, we are still married. But to be honest he…

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The Power is in You

LaShonda Chaney has studied all genres of dance and holds a B.A. in Business Marketing from Rutgers, The State University.  Winning several awards through “Dance Educators of America”, “Dance America”, “Dance Olympus”, and recognized for outstanding work and leadership with children, she continues her love with assisting schools with creating dance curriculums for their programs.

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Are They Ready for Dance Class

Are They Ready For Dance Class? Many of us have settled into the new dance season. At this point in our early childhood classes, we may be asking ourselves if certain little ones just aren’t ready for dance class.  Perhaps, they still cling to their caregiver as class is about to begin or they run…

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Frustrated & Tired? This is for You!

Rhee Gold’s DanceLife Blog Frustrated and tired?  This is for you. You’re over it.  You are frustrated, tired of trying to please people, and lost on what to do next.  Finances are a mess.  A staff member just had a meltdown.  Two moms complained last week about some utter nonsense.  From quarantines to masks debates,…

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